Welsh school building cut back

Published:  06 December, 2011

CARDIFF: The Welsh Government has scaled down its £1.4bn school building programme.

Work on the first tranche of projects is now due to start later than first planned and will be spread over a longer period, with councils expected to fund a larger contribution than first envisaged.

The Welsh Government had originally planned to put up 70% of the funding for the 21st Century schools’ programme but told local councils a few months ago they would only be providing 50%. The councils were told to resubmit their education proposals taking this into consideration.

Local councils will now have to find the extra £700m of cash or scale back ambitions to deliver ‘mend and make do’ projects.

Funding for council priority projects has been extended over a seven year period rather than three first envisaged,  followed by further fresh rounds every three years.

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